Who was Joe?


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Dr. Andrew Torget discusses Joe, the enslaved man owned by William Barret Travis during the Texas Revolution, and how Joe’s story reminds us that the revolution did not bring freedom for everyone.

Referenced Lesson

Voices: African Americans in the Texas Revolution

The student will explore African American experiences in the Texas Revolution through primary source documents focusing on Joe, Emily West, and others.

Referenced Primary Sources

Telegraph and Texas Register newspaper prints notice of reward for the runaway slave, Joe.

Telegraph and Texas Register (a newspaper in San Felipe, Texas) prints a notice of reward for the runaway slave, Joe, who was the only known male survivor of the battle of the Alamo.


The page was updated on 02/17/2023.


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